Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini thanked the filmmakers of HBO's "Going Clear" in a tweet Sunday for their documentary, which is critical of the Church of Scientology. Remini, who starred on the hit CBS sitcom "The King of Queens," later told People, "I don't want to be known as this bitter ex-Scientologist. I'm not trying to bash anybody, and I'm not trying to be controversial. I just want people to know the truth."
Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn't have a voice, you do now. #GoingClear
â€” Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) March 30, 2015
Remini left the Church of Scientology in 2013, later stating that she realized that "everything the church taught me was a lie" and that she didn't want her daughter to grow up as a Scientologist. Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw sent People a statement in response, describing Remini as "self-absorbed," accusing her of "exploit[ing] her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it...as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses."
Based in part on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, "Going Clear" profiles former members who are critical of Scientology, including screenwriter Paul Haggis ("Crash") and Mark “Marty” Rathbun, former senior executive of the Church of Scientology. Ex-Scientologists interviewed in "Going Clear" contend that stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta have huge dossiers of potentially embarrassing information that keep them beholden to the church.
Scientology, which boasts a number of Hollywood members -- including Elizabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Juliette Lewis and Jason Lee -- still has its defenders. Danny Masterson, a second generation Scientologist, told Paper magazine that if detractors think Scientology is weird, "[T]hen, well, you can go f--k yourself."